The American Cancer Society reports approximately 5,300 people enrolled in Tennessee for its Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The organization began a full scale national enrollment for CPS-3 in 2010 and reached its goal for participants last month. More than 300,000 volunteers nationwide joined the fight against cancer by committing to the study.
Tennessee enrollments were held at locations statewide including the areas of Cookeville, Crossville and McMinnville.
"The American Cancer Society has a long history of saving lives through cancer research. Cancer Prevention Study-3 will do so much to build on that legacy, helping us learn more about the causes of cancer so we can better prevent, detect, treat and help cure it for generations to come," said John Seffrin, PhD., CEO of the American Cancer Society.
"And what’s more, CPS-3 gives ordinary Americans the chance to be part of an extraordinary study, as together we save more lives from cancer," he said.
Alpa Patel, Ph.D., the Society's strategic director of CPS-3, said the findings from CPS-3 studies are not just scientific.
"They also provide the evidence we rely on to help shape health advice for the public, develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines and cancer prevention programs, and contribute to our advocacy efforts to change policies,” she said.
During the past 50 years, more than two million volunteer participants have joined American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Studies. Enrollees gave a little time to fill out surveys and share information about their behaviors, lifestyle, family and personal medical history.
Today, a new generation has done the same by joining CPS-3.
According to the society, results from previous American Cancer Society long-term follow-up studies have demonstrated:
• the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer;
• the significant impact of being overweight or obese on risk of cancer occurrence and death;
• the relationship between of a wide range of other factors such as physical inactivity, alcohol, nutrition and medications like aspirin on cancer risk.
More information on CPS-3 and previous study outcomes can be found at cancer.org/cps3. The American Cancer Society has a 24-hour information service at 1-800-227-2345.